South Middle Wins Library’s Teen Reading Contest

Great Neck Library’s Young Adult Librarian Courtney Greenblatt and Youth Services Coordinator Adam Hinz (far right) presented the Teen Summer Reading trophy to students at South Middle, along with Principal Gina Cartolano (far left) and school librarian Damon Reader (back row, center).

South Middle School edged out the other secondary schools in the Great Neck School District to win the Great Neck Library’s Teen Summer Reading contest, which ran from early July to early September.

To qualify, teens had to complete five library-related activities. Participants chose from more than 20 options, such as attending an event at the library, utilizing the library’s digital services and reading different genres of books.

Look for next year’s Summer Reading Challenge and help your school win the grand-prize trophy.


  1. Interesting article but the school tax dollars is a burden on every Great Neck resident! The Great Neck Public Schools holds unrealistic expectations on all of its students. They even have a high school with only fifty students. It’s crazy! So that means a school with more than fifty students, there will definitely be students that will feel lost and isolated and will want to attend an alternative high school. I don’t care about a group of delusional kids. Just lower the school taxes!

  2. When I was a special education student, my teacher didn’t require me to do any summer reading. I didn’t enjoy reading because my teachers had lower expectations of me. So why should special education students participate in summer reading at the library when teachers don’t expect much from them anyway? They are treated like second class citizens!

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